Very popular with cab drivers who value reliability and endurance. They can cane it and it doesn't complain too much. However, I wouldn't want to buy one second hand after that kind of treatment.
I agree the Mazda do have a nice interior. Work colleagues were surprised at the quality of the interior in my car. It's got red piping, carbon fibre effect dash, half leather (vinyl lol) seats. Looks pretty nice inside for a Ford.
New Mazda’s are top-rated for interior. I was surprisingly impressed by the CX-30 when I test drove one earlier this year. Mazda 2 engine is 1.5, but I’m unsure how it compares against the 1.0 And 1.5 Ford EcoBoosts. Will have to test drive one when I can before I make a decision.
Imagine when EVs become more popular and there’s no talk about gearboxes ;)
I disliked it at first but now I don't notice it. It's certainly a well reviewed car and the ST Line is cited as being the best of the bunch to drive. The best being a proper ST. Most Mazda 2's look underpowered to me, judging from the specs I've seen should be decent cars regardless.